Chelsea line up loan deal for Higuain

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Ja­son Burt

Chelsea are in talks to sign Gon­zalo Higuain on loan un­til the end of the sea­son – al­though Ju­ven­tus would pre­fer to sell the striker.

The Ar­gen­tine’s brother, Ni­co­las, who rep­re­sents him, was in London yes­ter­day to plan a move to the Premier League.

Chelsea will al­low Al­varo Mo­rata to go out on loan once they se­cure his re­place­ment and Higuain is their first choice.

Mo­rata’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Juanma Lopez, has also been in London and Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Monaco are in­ter­ested in the out-of-form Spain in­ter­na­tional.

The Higuain deal is be­ing driven by Chelsea head coach Mau­r­izio Sarri, who worked with him at Napoli be­fore the for­ward made a con­tro­ver­sial switch to Ju­ven­tus, and re­gards him as the ideal so­lu­tion to the club’s scor­ing prob­lems.

Sarri would like to of­fer Higuain a per­ma­nent deal, which would cost in ex­cess of £30mil­lion, but is aware of his club’s pol­icy re­gard­ing play­ers who are over 30. Chelsea tend to of­fer only one-year con­tracts and cer­tainly would not want to pay such a sub­stan­tial fee for a for­ward who turned 31 last month.

Higuain joined AC Mi­lan on a sea­son-long loan last sum­mer but wants to cut short his time at San Siro to re­unite with Sarri. He is due to be part of the Mi­lan squad who face Sampdoria in the Ital­ian Cup to­mor­row and then trav­els to Saudi Ara­bia to play Juve in the Ital­ian Su­per Cup.

AC Mi­lan ne­go­ti­ated an op­tion to pay £32mil­lion to sign Higuain at the end of his loan spell but it seems un­likely they will want to pur­sue that. Ju­ven­tus would still re­quire the same level of fee should Higuain move to Chelsea per­ma­nently.

Sarri, mean­while, is un­likely to want to re­tain Michy Bat­shuayi for the re­main­der of this cam­paign de­spite the Bel­gian’s loan spell at Va­len­cia be­ing cut short. Ever­ton are in need of a striker and are among sev­eral clubs in­ter­ested in the out-of-favour 25-year-old.

Re­united: Gon­zalo Higuain (left) could link up again with Mau­r­izio Sarri at Chelsea

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